Monday, April 26, 2010

Iran – a Dangerous Escalation

By Abdel Bari Atwan
24 April 2010 (Special to Gulf News)

"The recent outbreak of alarmist warnings by US defence officials regarding Iran's military capabilities – a long range missile able to strike the US homeland by 2015 among them – is reminiscent of the build up to the invasion of Iraq, when Tony Blair assured the British public that Saddam Hussein's missiles could reach them in just 40 minutes. In other words, such claims, however far-fetched, are proven harbingers of war.

It seems that the Obama administration is split with regard to Iran. One side hopes that diplomacy – with or without an accompaniment of sanctions - might yet prove successful. The other is clearly in favour of military action.

Let us consider the possible outcomes of both courses....."

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